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Romag partnership a ‘game changer’ Large-format touch sensor expert, Visualplanet, has formed a ‘strategic partnership’ with Romag to create Touchglass, a glass laminated variant of Touchfoil. Building on Touchfoil’s success, Touchglass is said to bolster Visualplanet’s offering to worldwide integrators requiring durable and customised glass touch sensors for public-facing touchscreen solutions. According to Romag, the ‘market-disrupting’ partnership is an ‘industry game-changer’. Using state of the art glass shaping, curving and ceramic printing machinery, Romag will supply glass that incorporates customised borders and motifs. This enables Visualplanet to offer bespoke Touchglass designs that are ideal for kiosks, self-service ticketing, vending and wayfinding, as well as multiuser tables and curved cabinets for the gaming industry. Dan Spencer, product manager at Visualplanet, commented: “Visualplanet invented Touchfoil and founded the large format, 15-75 inch, flexible film Pro-Cap touch market – a market that continues to grow significantly at 6-8% CAGR. Customers have been asking for an ‘on-glass’ version of Touchfoil and we are now able to respond with Touchglass, allowing us to directly compete against the incumbent suppliers of glass laminated touch sensors.” He continued: “Romag shares our passion for innovation. Together, we can tailor-make Touchglass in volume, as a single, dual or multitouch sensor to meet integrators’ vast scope of needs.” www.romag.co.uk 26 G L A S S & G L A S S P R O C E S S I N G Morley bolsters delivery fleet Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK manufacture of Uni-Blinds integral blind units, says it has grown its fleet of Renault vehicles to help it cope with rising demand for its products. Already benefiting from a 17- strong Renault Trucks fleet that provides free delivery of its integral blinds to customers across mainland Britain, the business will now enjoy the support of four additional vehicles. These include a 3.5 tonne Masters panel van, equipped with specialist glass transport systems that include exterior roof racks, side racks, and internal glass frame racking; two 135.35 panel vans and the company’s first 130.35 drop-side with tilt-frame body. The vehicles have been supplied by JDS Trucks of Leeds, who will also be providing servicing support to ensure they can be on the road as much as possible. Morley says that it is proud of its guarantee that customers who order by 11am on Friday can enjoy a 10- day delivery, but adds that in order to do this, the business requires a dependable delivery fleet. Ian Short, Morley’s MD, said: “We’ve worked hard to build our reputation in the market for offering the highest quality by ensuring we source the best suppliers and manufacturers and deliver products that exceed customer expectations. StoVentec brings landmark to life www.ggpmag.com August 2017 “Our reputation is so important that we simply cannot afford for inferior quality vans to let us or our customers down. That’s why we’ve always chosen Renault Trucks’ vans through JDS Trucks as we are guaranteed superb vehicles, backed up by Peter Glover and his team giving the best quality service and maintenance support.” www.morleyglass.co.uk The completion of an apartment block refurbishment project in Austria has reportedly shone the spotlight on the range of design possibilities offered by the StoVentec Glass system. The project used StoVentec glass panels to create an ‘unusual and dramatic’ new appearance for the building, transforming it into a ‘major new focal point’ for the Central 7th district in Vienna. The building was designed by the Architektur Steinbacher Thierrichter practice, which specified the StoVentec glass for the main facade. The aim was to create a unique ‘folded facade’ which, when combined with a strict ‘3D’ structural appearance, would emphasise the building’s prominent location. “The surrounding buildings date mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries,” commented architect Roland Thierrichter. “Their designs follow very strict historic and orthogonal rules and they generally have stone or plaster facades. The StoVentec glass panels mirror these facades, while the 3D effect that we created for the apartment building complements them, yet is very individual. The sharp lines and white opaque finish of the StoVentec glass give the building the look of a large origami model.” According to the architects, the 3D effect was strengthened by contrasting the smooth, white finish of the StoVentec glass panels with black windows. The effect is said to be further enhanced by the strong black lines of the separation gaps which were designed between the glass panels, and by the architects’ decision to restrict the palette for the rest of the building to muted colours. The StoVentec glass system can reportedly be used as an external rainscreen cladding system, or as an internal decorative option. It is manufactured with bespoke sizes and panel shapes to meet the specific requirements of each individual project, and this is said to highlight its ability to help transform even the boldest of design schemes into reality. It is offered in any RAL colour as standard, with custom colours and screen-printed design options also available. The system reportedly creates a ventilated cavity which allows the wall behind it to ‘breathe’ and remain dry, and it also provides a ‘very effective’ layer of insulation to the building’s facade. An adjustable sub-construction allows for levelling over uneven substrates, while a quick and easy installation process removes the need for any ‘wet trades’. www.sto.co.uk


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